Harley Benton R-457BK Fanfret


7-String Electric Guitar

  • Body: Lime
  • Bolted neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Neck profile: Speed-D
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • 24 Fanned medium jumbo frets
  • Offset Dot fretboard inlays
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Dual Action truss rod
  • Nut width: 48 mm
  • Pickups: 2 Passive Hi-Gain humbuckers
  • 1 Volume control and 1 tone control
  • 3-Way pickup selector switch
  • Nut: Nubone
  • Black hardware
  • Deluxe diecast machine heads
  • Strings (ex works): .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042, .054
  • Colour: Black High Gloss
Colour Black
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Blackwood
Frets 24
Scale 686 mm
Pickup System HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
available since November 2017
Item number 410817
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Number of Strings 7
Style ST
Color Black
Fretbboard Blackwood
Long Scale 686 mm
Short Scale 648 mm
Pickups HH
Vibrato No
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185 €
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Great basis for an upgrade
ZoltanP 20.01.2020
This is a great option for those who want to venture into the territory of extended range: 7 multiscale strings are not easy and not cheap to come by, so this price point is simply killer, and gives everyone the opportunity to try something special for less than a fortune.

That being said, you also get what you pay for, more so than on most other Harley Bentons I've bought over the years.

Out of the box, the setup was alright given the guitar's stock features, but there was a lot of room for improvement:

- The nubone nut was a bit loosely set and fell off, so I had to reattach it with superglue;

- The nut's slots deserved to be filed down a full millimeter on every string, its top trimmed down by 2-3mm, its corners rounded and sanded (otherwise they protruded too much and got in the way of playing on the first fret);

- about a third of the frets were high, so I gave them a complete levelling, dressing and polishing:

- the stock humbuckers were okay but very dark and muddy, so I replaced them with Fishman Fluence pickups and electronics (that kit alone cost almost twice as much as the guitar, but Fishman pickups sound amazing, so totally worth every penny);

- The stock tuners were decent but 1:19 ratio locking tuners (also from Harley Benton) are much better for stability for these heavy strings;

- The string ferrules on the back of the body all fell out when I destrung the guitar: their holes are a tiny bit too big in diameter, but a blob of Loctite on the side of each ferrule solved that issue;

- When properly intonated, the springs of three out of seven bridge saddles got so loose that they rattled. You either need to put longer springs in there, or add pads of some sort to compress the springs and cut out the parasite noises (I used small strips cut out of a leather strap);

- Finally the blackwood fretboard is acceptable, but be careful with lemon oil: it soaks it up quickly and spits it back for days. My biggest grievance though is this: why on earth is there no second marker at the 12th fret? Especially as there are three of them at the 24th!

Note also that the stock pickups were base-mounted and their routs are too narrow for any top-mounted alternative, including my Fishman humbuckers. So I had to get the Dremel out, rout the cavities wider (thank God it's a basswood body!), drill deeper into the body to get enough clearance for the top-mounting screws, and craft and attach home made pickup rings for top-mounting, as the guitar has no pickguard.

A nice touch is that the back control cavity was covered in shielding paint ex factory. Another positive is that the maple neck is really sturdy, stable, well shaped and smooth (I nevertheless wet sanded the back of it with some 600 grit paper for even better feel). And the overall guitar remains relatively light for something this big, and exactly balanced. No neck dive whatsoever.

Once all of the above was done (roughly 3 days of work), I could do a proper setup, adjust the trussrod, lower the action, perfect the intonation, and... ENJOY WHAT IS NOW A REAL HEAVY METAL MONSTER \m/ THAT'S ALSO VERY EASY TO PLAY, EXTREMELY VERSATILE SOUNDING, AND DEAD ACCURATE FROM FRET 1 TO 24. The last bit of buzz that remains is just because I missed a high spot on fret 13. It will soon be fixed.

Agreed, if you add the extra parts I used and the manhours I spent, this project is in the end not any less expensive than some of the entry level and even mid range alternatives from Ibanez, Jackson or Schecter, but I still love it, and have greatly enjoyed the upgrade process. Plus now my guitar is truly unique.


Does exactly what is needed.
AveryGaymerGirl 25.12.2021
This guitar is really impressive. After playing and recording with it, the Harley Benton R-457 Fanfret has turned out to be a great choice.

Firstly we'll look at what I don't like about it:
- The strings it comes with are not great. That doesn't matter, you're just gonna put new ones on when you get it.
- the (passive) pickups can be quite muddy. You'll have to manage the amount of gain you have set because the sound gets messy with these pickups. It doesn't bother me that much and maybe it's just a personal preference thing. It shouldn't bother you too much unless you're trying to record with it.
- the neck had a few patches where it didn't feel very smooth but not noticeable when playing.

But these are minor inconveniences for me. The guitar is pretty amazing, especially at this price (I got mine for £149). There are plenty of things that I do like about the instrument:
- The neck feels similar to Jacksons I've played, obviously it is wider to accommodate the low B string but it's still thin and feels good to play on.
- I like the weight of the guitar and it doesn't have much neck dive even with the added string.
- The cutaways allow for easy access to the top frets, and the frets are the best thing about it.
- The fanned fret design is very comfortable and the frets are not rough or sharp.
- there are no issues with the finish

Overall I would definitely recommend the R-457 Fanfret to anyone who wants to try a 7 string or a multiscale/fanned fret guitar. It costs such a small amount of money yet it performs so well. If this guitar cost £300 I would think that's a reasonable price, but Harley Benton/Thomann consistently deliver high quality products for lower prices, allowing anyone to experience these features usually reserved for far more expensive guitars.


Wanted 7 string Fanfret
Ole Man 16.12.2020
Wanted to try out a 7 string fanfret to see how I’d like it. Do to COVID I’m unable to hang out like I used to. So spending time at the local guitar shop was non-existent. Also buying an outrageously priced guitar to try and return just didn’t seem right. So I’d heard good things about Harley Benton Guitars and I thought I’d give them a try. I thought for the low cost that I’d get the Harley Benton R-457BK Fanfret to try. Glad I did! Was thinking that if I didn’t enjoy the guitar or that the 7 string multiscale wasn’t for me I’d give the guitar to my grandson (or The Son-In-Law). To bad, they’ll have to wait, as the comfort, setup, and quality was well beyond what I was expecting. I’m enjoying the playability and tone. Playing through Boss Katana 100 and after a little tweaking the amp settings, this guitar sings like an American Fender HH. Cleans are clean, crunch is focused, and driven has headroom galore. Chugging is new to me and finding Dgent is coming along! Since I’m 65 and can still get a heartbeat, I need to add it to the 7th string! DGENT!


Talzx7r 04.01.2022
Pickups are trash, almost un playable with distortion.
BUT, my plan is to switch this pickups to somthing half deascent.
The guitar itself, besides the pickups, is AMAZING, frets, neck etc are amazingly good.
I am blown away of how they can make such quality guitar at this price, just need to sort the pickups issue.